Wednesday morning, it was announced that Costco, in Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling an undetermined amount of lean fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The product bears the Costco item number 33724 under the Costco label. The product was prepared from bull meat and finely ground beef from the Costco Wholesale plant in Tracy, Calif, and bench trim products prepared at the Costco Wholesale in Coon Rapids, Minn.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. Most people will recover within a week, but there is the potential for severe illness and even kidney failure.
The FSIS along with Costco officials are concerned that some people may have the product in their freezers. It is always recommended that any meats be cooked thoroughly to the correct internal temperatures.
Listeria product recall
The recall includes retailers and distributors in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The contamination was discovered through testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and confirmed by the FSIS on testing further. The recall covers 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products.
There has been no reports of any illnesses according to the FDA, but consumers should still be aware of the possibility for illness. The products include several kinds of chicken salad, ham salad, barbecue beans with beef, and potato salad with bacon. They bear the establishment number EST. 13520 or P-13520 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, a very serious infection. Listeriosis usually affects older adults, pregnant women, infants and adults with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, and sometimes diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Antibiotics are used to treat this illness.